Author Affiliations: Department of Neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Medical Education, Lighthouse Learning LLC.
The Original Investigation titled “Referral and Consultation Communication Between Primary Care and Specialist Physicians: Finding Common Ground” in the January 10, 2011, issue of the Archives1 lends solid data to a phenomenon that physicians have long recognized. The broken links between primary care and specialty practitioners have an impact on our ability to ensure that quality is sustained throughout patient interactions; this sends a negative ripple effect throughout the health care system.
Samuels MA. The Importance of Collaboration Among Physicians. Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(14):1301. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.325